Fall may be over, but football season is here until February. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard someone talk about their fantasy football league in the last few months. And if you’re like me, you don’t really know what they’re talking about. It turns out that fantasy football is a competition among real people who select imaginary teams based on real players; the real people get points for their imaginary teams based on the game-day performance of their real players. Guys and girls can select teams for the whole season on sites like yahoo or espn to play against their friends. You can also just pick a team for the day or week on fantasy sports sites like FanDuel or Draft Kings, and compete against strangers. Basically, the imaginary team with the most points wins the money being wagered. While fantasy sports players may be cashing in to compete, fantasy football isn’t actually considered sports gambling, thanks to the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act of 2006. But recently, many states are saying that certain daily fantasy sports violate state gambling laws. Whether or not fantasy sports violate gambling laws usually depends on whether the state interprets the fantasy sport to be a game of skill (not gambling), or a game of chance (gambling). The states that interpret fantasy sports as gambling are now requiring fantasy football sites like DraftKings and FanDuel to have a license for sports gambling. You can keep track of which states have legislation banning daily fantasy sports operators here.
The Verdict: If fantasy football is still sounding as dumb as the Kardashian video game you’re not alone. Imaginary sports aren’t for everyone, but these pulled-pork sliders are.
Mix together salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion pepper, brown sugar and cayenne pepper, and rub over pork shoulder. Discard remaining spices.
Refrigerate pork for 30 minutes, then cook in slow cooker for 8 hours on low.
Meanwhile, make BBQ sauce. Combine brown sugar, mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, onion, salt, pepper, beer and cayenne pepper in saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Shred cooked pork, discarding fat and bone. Add BBQ sauce and cook on low for 30 minutes.
Serve on slider buns. Enjoy!